Coronavirus in sport: All the events cancelled or suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic, including Premier League, EFL, Grand National and boxing

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide sporting calendar.

The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have all called a halt to the action until at least the beginning of April.

It will be quite a while before we see football in England and Europe return

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It will be quite a while before we see football in England and Europe return

Meanwhile, England’s cricket team have cut short their tour of Sri Lanka, while the year’s first golf major, the Masters, has been postponed, following the cancellation of the Players Championship event in Florida this week, and the London Marathon has been pushed back to later on the year.

Here’s the latest on what has been cancelled in the world of sport…


The Premier League has been suspended until April 4 and the EFL until April 3 at the earliest.

All Scottish football has been suspended with immediate effect and the Irish Football Association has suspended the current season in Northern Ireland until at least April 4.

– The Football Association of Ireland announced all football activity under its jurisdiction has been suspended until March 29.

– The Professional Footballers’ Association annual awards ceremony, due to take place on April 26, has been postponed.

– England’s two friendlies later this month at Wembley, the Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have also been postponed by the FA.

– Wales’ international matches with Austria and the United States at the end of March are also both called off.

– UEFA has announced all Champions League and Europa League fixtures scheduled for next week are postponed, as well as the quarter-final draws for both competitions.

– UEFA has called an emergency meeting next Tuesday to discuss whether Euro 2020 can go ahead as scheduled.

– Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have tested positive for coronavirus.

Arsenal boss Arteta is in self-isolation having been diagnosed with the disease

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Arsenal boss Arteta is in self-isolation having been diagnosed with the disease

– West Ham have announced several members of club personnel are self-isolating after being in close contact with Arteta at Saturday’s match with Arsenal.

– An unnamed Everton player is a undertaking a period of self-isolation after he reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

– Bournemouth have announced five of their employees, including goalkeeper Artur Boruc, are self-isolating having displayed symptoms consistent with the virus.

– Juventus defender Daniele Rugani also tested positive on Wednesday night, while three Leicester players have shown symptoms and were kept away from the rest of the Foxes’ squad.

– Ezequiel Garay has become the first LaLiga player to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

– Major League Soccer announced the suspension of matches for 30 days with immediate effect.

– Real Madrid players have been told to go into quarantine after a member of the club’s basketball team tested positive for coronavirus. LaLiga announced it has suspended ‘at least the next two rounds of matches’ as a result of the quarantine in place at Real.

– All domestic sporting action in Italy – including Serie A matches – has been suspended until April 3. Thursday’s Europa League ties between Sevilla and Roma in Spain and Inter Milan and Getafe in Italy were called off due to travel restrictions between the two countries imposed by the Spanish authorities.

Cristiano Ronaldo is remaining in Portugal until given the all clear to return to Italy after a Juventus teammate tested positive for coronavirus

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Cristiano Ronaldo is remaining in Portugal until given the all clear to return to Italy after a Juventus teammate tested positive for coronavirus

– Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the top two divisions in France, are suspended until further notice.

– All matches in the German Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 have been suspended until April.

– The South American (CONMEBOL) World Cup qualifiers scheduled for March 23-31 have been postponed to a later date.

– The international friendly between Germany and Italy on March 31 has been postponed.

– Mexico’s Liga MX is suspended

– All national competitions in Brazil suspended until further notice

– Australia’s A-League season to be completed with final six rounds to be played behind closed doors

Rugby Union

– The Rugby Football Union has suspended all activity, including training sessions, in England.

– The PRO 14 has been suspended indefinitely.


– The US Masters, the first men’s golfing major of the year, has been postponed. The blue riband event at Augusta National was due to take place from April 9-12. A new date is yet to be arranged.

– The Players Championship has also been cancelled along with all other PGA Tour events for the next three weeks.

– Five European Tour tournaments have been postponed. Next week’s Hero Indian Open and August’s Czech Masters have joined this week’s Kenya Open and April’s Maybank Championship and China Open in being called off.

– The Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International has been postponed with a view to it being rescheduled later in the year.

The Masters will not begin on April 9 as scheduled

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The Masters will not begin on April 9 as scheduled


England’s upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka is postponed with the touring players returning home.

– Australia have pulled out of their tour of New Zealand with immediate effect.

– The start of the Indian Premier League has been postponed from March 29 to April 15 as a precautionary measure.

– Surrey have cancelled their pre-season training camp at the ICC Academy in Dubai amid concern over the safety of their players.

– The final two one-day internationals between India and South Africa will be played behind closed doors.

– The April ODI and Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh has been postponed

Joe Root and co were due to be pklaying two tests in Sri Lanka

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Joe Root and co were due to be pklaying two tests in Sri Lanka

Formula 1

– The season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been called off along with the races in Bahrain and Vietnam, with the start of the season set to be pushed back to June

– McLaren had already withdrawn from the Australian race earlier on Thursday after a member of staff tested positive for the illness. It is understood the team member reported symptoms associated with the virus in the Albert Park paddock on Wednesday morning. Two personnel from American outfit Haas were tested and went in self-isolation.

– Ferrari shuts down production at its Formula 1 and road car factories

Formula E

– Formula E has temporarily suspended the season.


– Nascar announced it would be holding its race events in Atlanta (March 15) and Miami (March 22) without fans in attendance.


– The opening four races of the MotoGP season in Qatar, Thailand, the United States and now Argentina were called off. The Qatar race was cancelled, while the other three have been moved to later in the season, which is now due to get under way in Spain on May 3.


– The NBA season has been suspended “until further notice” after an unnamed player from the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus.


– The International Cycling Union suspends all events until April 3 at the earliest


– The high-profile BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were due to compete, was called off.

– The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men’s professional tennis tour due to “escalating health and safety issues” arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

– The Miami Open tennis tournament, due to start on March 23, has been cancelled after a ban on mass gatherings in Miami-Dade County.

– The Volvo Car Open in Charleston (April 4-12) has also been called off. Next month’s Fed Cup finals in Budapest and Fed Cup play-offs, due to be held in eight different locations, have been postponed, while China’s Xi’an Open (April 13-19) and Kunming Open (April 27-May 3) have been cancelled.

The Paribas Open is one of the most high profile events in tennis outside the Grand Slams

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The Paribas Open is one of the most high profile events in tennis outside the Grand Slams


– The 2020 Grand National has been cancelled.

– Racing in Ireland will be closed to the public until March 29.

– Racing at Kelso on Monday will be held behind closed doors, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.


– The World Indoor Championships, which had been due to take place in Nanjing in China this month, have been called off.

– The London Marathon has been postponed until Sunday, October 4. The 40th edition of the historic race was originally scheduled to take place on April 26.

– The Paris Marathon, which was due to take place on April 5, has been postponed until October 18 and the Rome Marathon, scheduled for March 29, has been cancelled.

– The International Triathlon Union has moved the 2020 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, planned for May 2, from Milan to Montreal.

– May’s Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed with a new date due to be set this week

Olympics and Paralympics

– The International Olympic Committee remains fully committed to staging the Tokyo 2020 Games as scheduled this summer, despite Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto suggesting it could be postponed until later in the year.

– The British Olympic Association still plans to send a delegation of around 55 people to Tokyo this month for a “detailed operational recce”.

– The 2020 Olympics flame handover in Athens will take place behind closed doors this week

Rugby League

– The Betfred Super League and Rugby Football League have been suspended until April 3


– All events scheduled for March in Japan have been cancelled.

– Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga and James Kirkland vs Marcos Hernandez (March 14) have been postponed.

– Michael Conlan vs Belmar Preciado (March 17) has been postponed.

– Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Samuel Vargas (March 28) has been postponed.

– The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos in Latvia has been moved from March 21 to May 16

– London-based Olympic qualifiers to take place behind closed doors until March 24

Stevenson was due to defend his world featherweight title against Marriaga

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Stevenson was due to defend his world featherweight title against Marriaga


– The £1million China Open, scheduled to start in Beijing at the end of March, has been cancelled. The attendance in the arena for this week’s Gibraltar Open has been limited to 100 people.

Ice skating

– The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, scheduled for March 13-15, were called off. The World Figure Skating Championships in Quebec, planned for March 16-22, were also cancelled.


– The International Judo Federation has cancelled all Olympic qualification events on the calendar until April 30.


– The Professional Darts Corporation has cancelled the Premier League double-header in Rotterdam, the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen and the European Darts Open in Leverkusen, which were all scheduled for later this month, plus next month’s German Darts Grand Prix in Munich.

Ice hockey

– The NHL has been paused with 189 games regular-season remaining. The Stanley Cup play-offs were due to start the week of April 6.


– Netball Superleague season is suspended until further notice


– UFC London moved out of UK with venue in the United States to be decided for March 21

– Leon Edwards withdraws from Tyron Woodley fight as UFC London is moved to America

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